Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez makes £400k-a-week contract demands
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TOP STORY: Alexis Sanchez makes £400k-a-week contract demands
Alexis Sanchez has asked Arsenal for £400,000-a-week to sign a new contract with the club -- that's £125,000-a-week more than the offer currently on the table.
The Mirror reports that Sanchez, who is entering the final year of his deal, could stay with Arsenal for another season before moving on a free transfer next summer.
If Arsenal decided not to meet the Chile international's demands, which seems likely, they could cash in this summer with Manchester City and Bayern Munich among those linked. However, Arsene Wenger is reported to prefer not to sell to a Premier League rival and Bayern have been put off by the cost.
22.47 BST: That's it for today folks, but ESPN FC will have a new paper roundup posted within the coming hours and then start the whole Live Transfer Talk experience all over again on Friday morning.
22.41 BST: And finally, one last bit of news from Serie A and La Liga, with Gianlucadimarzio.com reporting that goalkeeper Neto will trade his Juventus shirt for a Valencia one, as the Brazilian is set for a move to Spain that will cost his new club €7m plus add-ons.
22.16 BST: After spending 2016 as a member of S-League side Tampines Rovers, Jermaine Pennant could be in line for a move back to the United Kingdom, according to The Mirror. Pennant scored in a 2-0 win against Scottish Championship club Dunfermline, as the former Arsenal and Liverpool player carries on with a trial for Hibs.
21.59 BST: Juventus won't be resting on their Serie A laurels ahead of the upcoming campaign, with Sky Sport Italia reporting that the Old Lady have lodged their first formal bid for Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi. The outlet says that Juve have offered La Viola €40m for the 23-year-old.
21.43 BST: How are Real Madrid's summer transfer plans proceeding and what do they need? Here's the latest from ESPN FC TV:
21.21 BST: CalcioMercato is reporting that Kostas Manolas could still follow Roma teammate Leandro Paredes to Zenit St Petersburg after an initial move fell through over the form of currency with which the Greece international would be paid.
21.06 BST: Released Manchester City defender Gael Clichy seems to have found a new home with Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir. The former Arsenal man is expected to sign a contract on Friday after undergoing a medical.
20.51 BST: With Wayne Rooney's departure from Manchester United seemingly around the corner, we'd like to know who you think should replace the long-time captain at Old Trafford should he leave.
20.26 BST: With Arsenal having sealed the deal for Alexandre Lacazette on Wednesday, what does the future hold in store for fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud? Well according to the Independent, the 30-year-old could be heading back to Ligue 1 to join Marseille. Reports in recent days also have Giroud staying in the Premier League, with both West Ham and Everton interested.
20.04 BST: ESPN FC's Paul Mariner wonders just what Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool are waiting for on the transfer front, after the German boss preached patience in what he called a "difficult" summer window.
19.44 BST: Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow is drawing interest from Reading with the departure of Ali Al-Habsi to Saudi Arabia seemingly imminent, reports the Reading Chronicle. Rob Elliot was favoured over Darlow for Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, who is looking to add another goalkeeper ahead of the team's return to the Premier League.
19.21 BST: More from Major League Soccer, as it seems Real Salt Lake could be looking to deal Yura Movsisyan. LA Galaxy could be the next stop for the 29-year-old forward.
RSL is having discussions to trade forward Yura Movsisyan, per two sources with knowledge of talks. LA Galaxy a possible destination. (1/2)- Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) July 6, 2017
18.55 BST: Former Fulham and Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta looks to be on his way to South America after a long career of playing in Spain and England. Marca is reporting that the Venezuelan is set for a move from Sporting Gijon to join up with Argentine club Independiente.
18.27 BST: Univision's Lester Gretsch is reporting that the Houston Dynamo are closing on a deal that would bring midfielder Tomas Martinez to MLS from Portuguese club Braga.
18.11 BST: As our Spain correspondent reported earlier, Yuri Berchiche is on the brink of a move from Real Sociedad to Paris Saint-Germain. Now La Real's president has just confirmed they have a written offer from PSG for the left-back, who is on his way to Paris for a medical but is yet to agree personal terms.
17.49 BST: AC Milan could be close to getting goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma's signature on a new contract, with Gianlucadimarzio.com reporting that the teenage sensation's agent is meeting with club directors right now.
At last check, Milan were offering a deal that would pay the Azzurri's heir apparent to Gigi Buffon €6m per season plus bonuses. On Wednesday, general manager Marco Fassone said a deal was imminent.
17.17 BST: DONE DEAL Scottish giants Rangers have signed Scotland international Graham Dorrans from Norwich City after lengthy negotiations resulted in a deal worth around £1.2m.
He becomes the club's ninth signing of the summer so far and was in Glasgow this morning to finalise the switch.
17.06 BST: DONE DEAL Another Chelsea loan deal for you -- midfielder Charlie Colkett has joined Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem for the season.
17.00 BST: Barcelona have had a €20m (£17m) bid for former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho turned down by Guangzhou Evergrande, the Mail reports.
16.44 BST: DONE DEAL Middlesbrough full-back Antonio Barragan has joined Real Betis on a season-long loan deal:
16.29 BST: West Ham's Enner Valencia is travelling from Ecuador to Mexico to wrap up a move to Liga MX side Tigres. The winger told journalists in Ecuador that nothing has yet been signed but he is confident a deal will go through.
16.07 BST: New Torino goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has said he felt his former club Paris Saint-Germain did not show him enough respect.
Sirigu was given a free transfer earlier this summer when the final year of his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
Recalling the circumstances surrounding his departure from the Parc des Princes, he told L'Equipe: "Betrayed by PSG? No, that is not the right word -- but I would have expected more respect.
16.03 BST: Good news for Reading, who have announced the signing of a new contract by highly-rated midfielder Liam Kelly:
15.45 BST: A little more on Izzy Brown, the Chelsea youngster linked, as we mentioned earlier, with a loan move to Brighton next season.
The London Evening Standard reports that Brown has opted to join the Seagulls and the move could now be finalised by the weekend.
He had also been a target for both Huddersfield, where he spent last season on loan, and Southampton, both of whom were interested in permanent moves.
15.33 BST: Joshua Kimmich has told kicker it was "exactly the right move" for him to join Bayern Munich when he left Stuttgart in 2015.
15.23 BST: Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is considering a £12m move for Manchester City's Fabian Delph, the Telegraph reports. It says City want to sell the midfielder rather than loaning him out and, although West Brom are interested, Stoke "have moved to the front of the race."
15.01 BST: Real Madrid are to formally present centre-back Jesus Vallejo at the Bernabeu on Friday evening, with the Spain Under-21 international having done enough on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt last season to secure a place in the senior squad as a replacement for Pepe. Vallejo joined Madrid from Real Zaragoza in a €5 million deal in 2015, but has not yet made an appearance for the club.
14.57 BST: And now a little bit of news from Newcastle United, not involving fireplaces:
UNDER-23S: #NUFC have completed the signings of young duo Stefan O'Connor and Josef Yarney
14.40 BST: Paris Saint-Germain are closing in on the signing of Real Sociedad defender Yuri Berchiche, according to the player's representative.
The 27-year-old left-back, who was a reported target of Manchester City earlier this year, has attracted the attention of top European clubs after making 35 league starts to help the Basque outfit finish sixth in La Liga in the 2016-17 campaign.
14.30 BST: DONE DEAL Worried about what was happening with Hal Robson-Kanu? Fret no longer. West Brom have confirmed the Wales international has agreed a new three-year deal that will see him stay with the club until 2020.
"I'm delighted because it's an opportunity to build on the good work we did last season and now I'm just looking forward to the new one," Robson Kanu told WBA's official website.
"It was an easy decision. I've enjoyed my time here playing under Tony Pulis. It was a strong season and I want to build on the good work and contribute to a more successful future.
"As soon as I arrived the fans took to me and that love grew over the course of the season and the lads have been terrific -- they are a fantastic bunch of players and you can see there is a real togetherness in the squad."
14.17 BST: Stoke want to re-sign Bruno Martins Indi but manager Mark Hughes says the club have been unable to agree a deal meaning, the defender is starting preseason with Porto.
"We would like to bring Bruno back here, I think that is relatively common knowledge," Hughes said. "There is a feeling from his side that he would like to return too, but we are at a bit of an impasse with his club at the moment.
"You have to get all aspects of the deal to align to make it happen, but for whatever reason we haven't been able to do that yet, which is frustrating."
14.10 BST: Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is closing in on a move to Leicester City, sources close to the Etihad outfit have told ESPN FC.
West Ham expressed an interest, but sources have told ESPN FC that they are no longer interested and have moved onto other targets.
That has cleared the path for Leicester to land the 20-year-old, and they are in advanced talks with Manchester City over a £25 million deal. Full story.
13.55 BST: Marseille are presenting new signing Luiz Gustavo.
The Brazilian midfielder signed from Wolfsburg two days ago in a deal worth a reported €8m.
13.39 BST: DONE DEAL Olympiakos have completed the signing of former Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike, who moves to the Greek club from Fenerbahce on an initial two-year contract.
13.37 BST: DONE DEAL Championship newcomers Sheffield United have signed experienced defender Richard Stearman from Fulham:
13.32 BST: DONE DEAL Cameroon international Carlos Kameni has ended his five-year stay at Malaga, signing with Turkish giants Fenerbahce on a three-year deal.
13.26 BST: Championship side Cardiff City have confirmed that striker Rickie Lambert's contract has been terminated by mutual consent, saying: "We'd like to thank Rickie for his contribution and wish him the very best for the future."
13.16 BST: Fiorentina midfielder Borja Valero was almost moved to tears by a group of fans who congregated outside his Florence home, begging him to stay at the club.
The 32-year-old is being linked with a move to Inter Milan after complaining in a message to friends, which was leaked to the media, that he does not feel he has the support of club management.
13.06 BST: Hoffenheim striker Adam Szalai has signed a new one-year deal that extends his stay at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena until the summer of 2019.
The 29-year-old Hungary international, who made the switch to Hoffenheim from fellow Bundesliga side Schalke three years ago, has scored 12 goals in 53 league appearances for Die Kraichgauer.
12.58 BST: Sky Sports reports that newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion are interested in signing Chelsea forward Izzy Brown on loan for the new season. Brown helped Huddersfield to promotion from the Championship last season.
12.42 BST: Happy Hammer Pedro Obiang has put pen to paper on a new deal that keeps him at West Ham until 2022:
12.36 BST: DONE DEAL Leicester City have completed the signing of Spanish midfielder Vicente Iborra from Sevilla for an undisclosed fee. The 29-year-old has signed a four-year deal.
12.33 BST: Nantes and two as yet unnamed Turkish clubs are in the running to sign Nigerian goalkeeping legend Vincent Enyeama, sources close to the player have told KweséESPN.
Enyeama, along with 10 other players, have been left in limbo by new Lille OSC manager Marcelo Bielsa, sparking interest from both within and outside France.
12.25 BST: It looks as though Seb Larsson is on his way out of Sunderland, the Chronicle reports, with the club accepting that he will not sign a new deal.
Sweden international Larsson's deal ran out at the end of June and he has attracted interest from clubs throughout Europe.
The Chronicle says "Larsson's camp continues to stall and give no firm answer to the contract offer, but Sunderland have accepted that the 32-year-old will not be coming back."
12.10 BST: Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic has left the door open for an eventual return to the United States, the country he left as a 17-year-old.
Subotic returns to Dortmund following a loan spell at Cologne last season.
11.58 BST: Here is the take of ESPN FC's Paris Saint-Germain correspondent Jonathan Johnson on Jean-Kevin Augustin...
Augustin has signed a 5-year contract with the Germans. A waste of a good PSG youth academy graduate but he did not take his chances either.- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) July 6, 2017
That said, they were few & far between. Ultimately, should have been given more of a chance by PSG. Unai Emery clearly not a fan though.- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) July 6, 2017
11.50 BST: DONE DEAL RB Leipzig have signed Jean-Kevin Augustin from Paris Saint-Germain on a five-year contract.
The 20-year-old striker is currently being unveiled as a Leipzig player. Speaking at the ceremony Ralf Rangnick, the director of sport, said: "We've followed [his] development for a long time and are very happy to have reached an agreement with him."
11.37 BST: DONE DEAL England international Toni Duggan has joined Barcelona on a two-year contract from Manchester City.
Duggan spent the past four seasons at City where she won the Women's Super League in 2016.
11.23 BST: DONE DEAL Swansea have announced the signing of Roque Mesa from Las Palmas in a deal worth £11m.
The 28-year-old has signed a four-year contract, with the club talking up Mesa's reputation for "his passing style and ability on the ball."
If you want proof of his ability check out this stat from Opta: Since the start of the 2015-16 season Roque Mesa has recovered possession more times than any other outfield player in La Liga.
11.15 BST: DONE DEAL Hoffenheim have tied down Adam Szalai on a new contract until 2019.
11.08 BST: Giuseppe Rossi has left Celta Vigo and become a free agent after playing for them on a season-long loan from Fiorentina. Full story.
10.45 BST: DONE DEAL Eintracht Frankfurt have signed Jonathan De Guzman from Napoli ahead of their preseason tour.
The Bundesliga club reports that terms have been agreed on a deal until 2020 for the 29-year-old midfielder.
10.37 BST: Would Romelu Lukaku deliver the goals to fire Manchester United to a Premier League title challenge? He certainly has the pedigree. In 140 appearances for Everton he has managed 68 goals.
26 - Romelu Lukaku's 26 goals in all comps last season was the most by an Everton player since Gary Lineker (40 in 1985-86). Crisp. pic.twitter.com/oYJEiBJU5Y- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 6, 2017
10.24 BST: More on the Romelu Lukaku situation from ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent Rob Dawson... it looks like a race against time for United to get this deal done before they leave for their preseason tour on Sunday, while the deal for Alvaro Morata is off.
United hopeful Lukaku will be on the plane to Los Angeles on Sunday. Depends on getting medical, personal terms sorted in two days.- Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) July 6, 2017
10.18 BST: DONE DEAL Burnley have signed 23-year-old Leeds left-back Charlie Taylor on a four-year contract.
10.05 BST: BIG BREAKING NEWS -- Manchester United have agreed a £75 million fee with Everton for Romelu Lukaku, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC.
United had been led to believe that Lukaku favoured a return to Chelsea and a deal to take the Belgium international back to Stamford Bridge had at one stage been close.
They had also been put off by Everton's £100 million valuation and were convinced that Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata would cost significantly less, but Everton's interest in Wayne Rooney has given United hope that they can come to a compromise over Lukaku. Full story.
09.48 BST: DONE DEAL Iker Casillas has signed a one-year contract extension to stay with Porto for a third season.
The former Real Madrid goalkeeper said on Twitter: "Very happy to continue one season more with Porto. Looking forward to the challenges that arise!"
09.36 BST: Norwich midfielder Graham Dorrans has arrived in Glasgow to complete a move to Rangers.
The 30-year-old Scotland international flew into Glasgow on Wednesday night after the English Championship club accepted a bid from Ibrox.
09.26 BST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang began his career at AC Milan but never made a senior appearance for the club before moving to France. Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Gabon international could leave Borussia Dortmund to return to Italy this summer...
09.19 BST: Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph is being lined up for a loan move to Stoke City, sources close to the Potters have told ESPN FC.
City -- who hope to raise funds through sales this summer -- are open to a permanent exit for Delph, but Stoke would prefer to take the England international on loan and talks are ongoing between both sides.
The England international could be interested in a move in search of regular first-team football if he finds his opportunities limited next season under Guardiola. Full story.
09.10 BST: Douglas Costa, a long-term target for Juventus, could now stay at Bayern Munich, with the Bundesliga club's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge saying: "We are not sure whether it would not perhaps be better for Costa to stay. Full story.
"I always found him an interesting player. All he has to do is reach the same level again that he was playing at during his first season with us."
09.01 BST: This is interesting from Kristof Terreur, a reporter for Belgian outlet Het Laatste Nieuws, regarding new Everton signing Henry Onyekuru. Terreur claims Onyekuru almost joined Paris Saint-Germain before moving to the Premier League. Full story.
Onyekuru, who was linked with Arsenal and West Ham, joined Everton last week before heading out on a season-long loan to Anderlecht.
08.45 BST: The Mirror claims that Alexis Sanchez has asked Arsenal to pay him £400,000-a-week if they want him to stay at the club. That is said to be £125,000-a-week more than is currently on offer.
08.27 BST: The situation with Diego Costa is getting interesting. A report from AS last night said that the striker is only interested in joining Atletico Madrid and is holding up Chelsea's plans to spend on new signings.
With Costa set to return to Chelsea for preseason on Monday expect things to accelerate. The Guardian adds that Atletico will make a bid for Costa, but no fee has been agreed yet.
It is also said that Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Rom defender Antonio Rudiger are all but done, with talks over Alex Sandro joining from Juventus ongoing.
08.19 BST: With Lacazette joining Arsenal they probably don't have a need to chase Kylian Mbappe... so what next for the Monaco man?
Well, Marca reports that Real Madrid have again been in touch about signing the 18-year-old, but they face competition from PSG.
08.11 BST: In case you've missed the huge news that Arsenal broke their transfer record to sign Alexandre Lacazette yesterday allow us to bring you up to date.
Speaking after completing the move, Lacazette name-checked one Arsenal legend as a key figure in the move happening.
"I am, of course. delighted and very proud too because Arsenal is a legendary club," Lacazette said. "Throughout my childhood, thanks to Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so that dream has been fulfilled."
08.02 BST: Good morning and welcome to Thursday's Transfer Talk. We'll begin with Manchester United's protracted pursuit of Alvaro Morata. The Guardian reckons United will offer Real Madrid €75m for the striker in an attempt to get the deal done before they leave for their U.S. tour on Sunday.
The Mail adds that United are also interested in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl having become frustrated in their attempts to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea.
Chelsea suffer blow in race for Alex Sandro
Chelsea's pursuit of Juventus left wing-back Alex Sandro suffered a minor blow as the Old Lady begrudgingly admitted defeat in their attempt to prematurely bring Leonardo Spinazzola back from his two-year loan to Atalanta.
The Bianconeri tried to cut short the loan in order to utilise Spinazzola in the upcoming campaign in white and black, but Sky Sport Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio insists that the clubs will honour the full length of the loan agreement. The 24-year-old will instead return to Turin in 2018.
Spinazzola was initially seen as a part-replacement for Sandro, if he were to join Chelsea, due to his ability to play left midfield and fill in as a left-back. Now Juve appear more intent on holding on to Sandro.
Epic Milan summer spree continues with Conti's arrival
AC Milan's relentless push to acquire star talent to boost the new era in red and black continues with the news that a deal for Atalanta right-back Andrea Conti is done, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Rossoneri will pay La Dea €24 million (£21.1 million) for the Italy full-back, plus add in young midfielder Matteo Pessina as part of the deal.
Medical checks will be undertaken in the next two days at Milanello before the 23-year-old is unveiled, becoming the third part of a new-look back three with Ricardo Rodriguez and Mateo Musacchio.
United to use Rooney as bait for Rom
Manchester United will attempt to use Wayne Rooney in a package to pry Everton hit man Romelu Lukaku, reports the Mirror.
Jose Mourinho is keen on the Belgian and is motivated to push ahead with a deal to ensure that former club Chelsea do not land their former player.
Everton have maintained from the outset that it will take a world-record £100 million for them to relinquish their talisman.
The Red Devils will even sweeten the deal by paying for part of Rooney's lofty wages, likely to be £180,000 per week -- in essence a £9.36 million payoff -- with Everton prepared to offer £150,000 per week.
Conte wants five new players
Antonio Conte will welcome Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko before demanding five more players, reports the Telegraph.
The Italian wants to finalise a deal for Sandro, who could command a £60 million fee, before adding his former Porto colleague and compatriot Danilo.
Lukaku is the main target to replace Diego Costa, who appears destined to return to Atletico Madrid. Conte would also like another centre-back and a forward who can play wide.
-- Adelaide United's 18-year-old prodigy Riley McGree is reportedly bound for Belgium's Club Brugge.
The Advertiser says that the Reds have reluctantly agreed to sell the midfielder and are looking at Stefan Mauk and Nathan Burns as possible replacements.
-- Watford are in talks with Chelsea about a permanent move for Nathaniel Chalobah, reports the Mirror.
The former England Under-21 international is still wanted at Stamford Bridge but believes he must move on to fulfill his potential with first-team football not an option with the Blues.
A £5 million fee with extra add-ons is being discussed, with Gareth Southgate ready to call the 22-year-old up to the Three Lions squad if he can gain regular starts.
-- Bournemouth and Brighton will go head to head for Toulouse striker Martin Braithwaite, according to the Mirror.
The 26-year-old, who has scored 11 Ligue 1 goals in back-to-back seasons with Les Pitchouns, would command a £12 million fee.